D. R. Karthikeyan

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D. Ramasamy Karthikeyan
Born Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Annamalai University
Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai
Occupation IPS Officer
Director General, National Human Rights Commission (India)
Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (1998)
Former Special Director General, Central Reserve Police Force
Awards Padma Shri

D. R. Karthikeyan (Devarayapuram Ramasamy Karthikeyan) is an Indian Police Service Officer from Tamil Nadu, and a former special director of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Director General, National Human Rights Commission.

Personal life[edit]

D. R. Karthikeyan was born to an agricultural family in a small village called Devarayapuram in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Agriculture from the Annamalai University. He worked in the field of agriculture in the ancestral farm of his native village for a year. He also obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the Madras Law College and was enrolled as an Advocate in the Bar Council of Madras.

After passing the Combined Competitive Examinations for Senior Civil Services, he joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1964. Mr. Karthikeyan went through extensive training in that field which included being trained at the National Police Academy in Mount Abu.

Offices held[edit]

Karthikeyan has held various offices:[1]

  • Deputy Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Bangalore
  • Deputy Inspector General of Police, Karnataka State Intelligence Department
  • Head of Karnataka State Police Academy
  • Inspector General of Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Southern Sector, Hyderabad
  • First Secretary in the Embassy of India, Moscow, Russia (1974-1977)
  • Embassy of India, Sydney, Australia (1985-1989), promoting Indian exports to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
  • Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (1998)
  • Director General, National Human Rights Commission
  • President (Age-Care India, New Delhi)


Karthikeyan was awarded the Padma Shri in 2010 for his contribution to the field of Indian Civil Service.[2]

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case[edit]

Karthikeyan headed the Special Investigation Team that probed the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.[3][4][5] At the invitation of INTERPOL, he made an audiovisual presentation of the investigation before an assembly of top police officers, who commended Mr Karthikeyan for the model investigation.


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  2. ^ "Aamir, Rahman awarded Padma Bhushan". March 31, 2010. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Varughese, Suma. "Transformation - Interviews - D.R. Karthikeyan". Life Positive. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Rediff Interview/ D R Karthikeyan". Rediff. May 14, 1999. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "A crack investigative team". Frontline. 15 (3). February 7–20, 1998. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2010.